John 14:15-21 NRSVue
15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
18“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me, and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
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Some thoughts on this scripture
/The Father will give you another Counsellor, the Spirit of Truth; you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you/. I know, Lord, that the same Holy Spirit joins me to you as joined Jesus to his father. That spirit dwells in me, an abiding presence whose voice can easily be drowned by my everyday plans and concerns. To be open to the spirit, I must quieten first my body, then my heart.
Jesus speaks about being still alive even after his death. Mostly we find Jesus to be alive for us in the love of others. There is an energy of love which is connected to the energy of God, for God is love. This is the working of the Spirit of god, alive in love, care and compassion, and in all other good works.
Love is evident in action and any activity can be tiring. I do not need to rely on my own resources but turn to God who promises to help me, ready to send the Holy Spirit.
Like a bargain-hunter or a bird-spotter, I train my heart to recognise the ways of God. In this time of quiet God teaches me to see my world differently; I don’t act in it alone but am accompanied by God’s ever-present Spirit.